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Changing C: and D: partition sizes

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Anonymous
September 14, 2004 10:19:03 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win2000.file_system (More info?)

When I recently re-installed W2K Pro on my Fujitsu laptop
(don't ask why; we think it was a boot sector virus ... ),
the DISE drive (D:)  was created at around 9GB, even though
the DISE file space needed was less than 2GB. Is there
any way with Windows utilities already provided with the
OS to shrink the D: drive capacity and put it back on the
C: drive? I understand Partition Magic can do this, but
my version doesn't run on W2K.
Anonymous
September 15, 2004 8:02:55 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win2000.file_system (More info?)

As far as I know, W2k come with utilities cannot resize partition.

You can, however, change your d: drive to pretend to be a sub-folder of the
C: drive. However that means that you will lost your D: drive.

"Jim Glow" <anonymous@discussions.microsoft.com> ???
news:24bc01c49ac1$fcc4ad50$a501280a@phx.gbl ???...
> When I recently re-installed W2K Pro on my Fujitsu laptop
> (don't ask why; we think it was a boot sector virus ... ),
> the DISE drive (D:)  was created at around 9GB, even though
> the DISE file space needed was less than 2GB. Is there
> any way with Windows utilities already provided with the
> OS to shrink the D: drive capacity and put it back on the
> C: drive? I understand Partition Magic can do this, but
> my version doesn't run on W2K.
Anonymous
September 15, 2004 9:08:01 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win2000.file_system (More info?)

Hi, Jim.

No.

Microsoft does not offer any utility to change the size of the system
partition. The usual advice is that you have only two real options:

1. Invest your time: backup; repartition; reformat; restore, or

2. Invest your money: Partition Magic, or something similar.

In your case, since PM won't run, you may have only one option. :>(

Disk Management, a utility included in Win2K, will delete partitions and
create new ones in their place. But (a) it cannot change the size of an
existing partition, and (b) it will not work on the system partition
(typically Drive C:)  or the boot volume (also often Drive C:) .
DiskPart.exe's /extend parameter will "grow" a volume into contiguous
unpartitioned free space following that volume but, again, it will not work
on the current system partition. For desktops, we often suggest
transferring the HD temporarily into another computer, where it will not be
the current system partition, and using these built-in utilities to increase
the size of Drive C:, but this often is not feasible for laptops.

Only you can decide whether the workarounds make more sense for your
situation than Option 1. If you find a better way, please let us all know,
because it is a FAQ in these newsgroups.

RC
--
R. C. White, CPA
San Marcos, TX
rc@corridor.net
Microsoft Windows MVP

"Jim Glow" <anonymous@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:24bc01c49ac1$fcc4ad50$a501280a@phx.gbl...
> When I recently re-installed W2K Pro on my Fujitsu laptop
> (don't ask why; we think it was a boot sector virus ... ),
> the DISE drive (D:)  was created at around 9GB, even though
> the DISE file space needed was less than 2GB. Is there
> any way with Windows utilities already provided with the
> OS to shrink the D: drive capacity and put it back on the
> C: drive? I understand Partition Magic can do this, but
> my version doesn't run on W2K.
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